salon renovation, salon thoughts

Year In Review: 2018

Wow!  What a year.  We started 2018 not knowing what exciting things would be headed our way.  I was happy coming to work to see my coworkers and clients, and I know I can say the same for Chloe. We were in a good head space. Things were calm.  Easy. Dependable.  But you know what they say about that…  Sometimes “easy” can become complacent, and that isn’t where a stylist who wants to grow needs to be.

In early July, we learned that the shop was changing ownership and would be transitioning everyone who was still commission to booth rent.  We all had so many questions!  Over the next few weeks, we got the answers, and they were very good for us all.  Everyone at the salon and spa would be staying.  I’ve said for years that our team is what makes our place magical.

I fell into this salon five and a half years ago when I started working the front desk.  I wasn’t very good at it (patience isn’t one of my strengths), but it was a good job to ease into the salon setting and study for my Cosmetology exams.  I got my chair at Hair & Body five years ago this month.  I remember that time so vividly.  It was a VERY cold January.  Two weeks after I moved to being behind the chair, Chloe was hired.  I liked her right away when she rode with me to pick up lunch at a local (haunted!) restaurant.  After all these years, I still absolutely believe that our group of ladies has that special something.  We can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us!

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From the bottom of our hearts,

Thank you all for your love and support this year!  We couldn’t ask for better people to surround us.  Happy 2019!

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Ch-ch-changes!

We moved into the doctor’s office a couple weeks ago.  It was so surreal to move everything and to see our old space so empty.  All day that Wednesday, I felt like I was in a dream.  Chloe doesn’t work on Wednesdays, so her first day in the new space was Thursday, and she said the same thing.  Everything was taking longer because we had to stop and remember where we set up one particular thing or another. It really was like moving a home!

On the positive side, the doctor’s office is clean and bright, and it smells like the spa because the massage people, Sharon and Tatiana, are there with us.  And Lisa, our esthetician, is also with us.  The kitchen space is nice and big.  We also have three bathrooms.  One of the bathrooms even has a little stainless steel door that connects to one of Lisa’s rooms.  It’s where urine samples were passed through!  I think that is so funny.  Don’t worry; everything has been cleaned numerous times.

They also started construction last week.  Take a look at the pics below. They put up the wall so the other side of the salon could still function during construction.  There are 6 stylists operating out of that portion, and Mindy, our receptionist, is based there.  She has been doing laundry like a fiend over there, too.  Have I mentioned that Mindy is the best customer service person I have ever witnessed in my life?  She is also still booking appointments for Chloe, me, and some of the other girls as well.  She RULES.

We started doing booth rent on September 1.  I have liked shopping for my supplies so much!  I guess it’s just because it feels like shopping in general, and I LOVE shopping.  We’ve also started trying new hair color lines (Joico and Matrix) and OPI’s gel nail color line.  We are very impressed.  I followed manufacturer’s instructions exactly, and the soak off time is only a tad bit longer than CND’s shellac.  And it doesn’t damage nails like we had previously thought.  I don’t know what other nail salons are doing, whether they are mixing lines or curing too long or using too many coats, but we are very happy to extend our options to our clients just in time for fall.

Another thing that I hadn’t expected going into this was the psychology of processing my own payments.  It’s so much more personal than I realized.  What an incredible job!  We get to help our clients achieve the look they desire (or the relaxation they need) while talking and having a personal connection, and then they support us with their money.  They could take their money anywhere!  That is so incredibly humbling to me.  I am in awe of this career, this amazing journey that continues to surprise me everyday.

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Company Meeting

We had a meeting yesterday to meet the new owners!  They were super nice, and we learned about them and what they are planning to do to remodel the salon.  All I can say is this: We are SUPER excited to see the finished product.  It is going to be so nice!  We also got a more in-depth timeline, and there was a slight wrinkle. We will be changing to booth rent on September 1 instead of August 1.

We’re a little bummed that it’s going to be a little longer, but it gives us more time to make plans and gather our supplies.  We really want to explore different styling products and look at retail options for our favorites.  We love a good product!  Styling products really make all the difference in the world.  Before getting into this business, I thought I had tried them all.  And they have really come a long way from 10-15 years ago when I was using hair glue to spike out my wannabe Meg Ryan look.  Cue the face palm emoji!  My current obsession is dry texture spray.  Kenra brand, I’m talking about you.  😉

We’ve got some plans on the books, so be looking forward to another blog post later this week about hot nail colors for this hot weather.  (Why did it take me a week to get a photo of our favorites?!) And we have a senior portrait shoot coming up on Monday.  A friend of mine from college lives in the area, and she has become quite the photographer.  She has an incredible eye for light and color, so stay tuned!

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So What’s the Deal?

You might be wondering, “How are things going to be different at the salon?” We’ve had several questions about whether we were leaving our salon or starting our own business. Well, it’s a little bit of this and that.  As of August 1, we will have a new salon owner.  He is going to remodel our current salon into salon suites.  Everyone is planning on staying at the salon during the renovation process.  Once the construction is complete, Chloe and I are planning on sharing a double suite.  As of August 1, we will also be processing our own payments because we will be transitioning to booth rent.   So how is that different than what we do now?

Chloe and I are now on a commission-based pay system, meaning that we make a percentage of what our clients pay at the front desk.  When we switch to booth rent, we will be renting our space, and we will essentially be our own bosses.  Chloe will be her own boss, and I will be my own boss.  We will have to provide all our own products including shampoo, hair spray, color, gloves, foils, nail files, lotion, etc etc etc.  We wanted to start a blog and have a website together because we plan to share a suite once the salon is remodeled.  How fun is that?!  If you’ve ever been in the salon or nail room with us, you know we like to have a good time.  We are so excited about these developments, and we can’t wait to tell you more as we find out.

We’ve been planning and throwing all kinds of ideas around.  We love a good brainstorm, and we complement each other pretty well.  Our clients had a good laugh with us this week as we picked on each other about our organizational styles.  Her husband and I are pretty similar in that we are a little all over the place.  We always have plans, and we don’t always follow through with them right away… *ahem…* like when I left some polishes out on my manicure station with the intent of photographing them for another blog we’re writing.  (They are still on my station.)  Chloe and my husband are more alike in that they clean things up right away and like things a certain way.

Today, we met up at State Beauty Supply to get some of the things we are going to need right away like shampoo + conditioner and barbacide.  So many things to think about!  We wheeled the cart around while we looked and bounced ideas back and forth.  It was a good start down this new path, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds.  Thank you for traveling with us!